Bias lighting can help reduce the eye strain caused by long exposures to TV screens and monitors in dark rooms, but it can also help make the greys and blacks on your screen seem richer.
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If your desk drawers or kitchen cupboards have a dark interior that makes it hard to find items, consider adding strips of LED lighting controlled by a magnetic alarm switch.
Lamps aren't terribly expensive — even some of the cooler ones — so you're not going to save a lot of money by making your own. That said, if you've ever wanted a great project to teach you about basic electronics, MAKE's got a simple set of instructions for creating your own energy-efficient lighting.
We've pointed out numerous times that staring at bright screens such as tablets or laptops in bed has a bad effect on your sleep patterns and your overall health. Now one study hints at an possible link between regular exposure to artificial light and levels of depression.